“The European Commission welcomes the formal adoption today of the climate and energy package and legislation to reduce CO2 emissions from new cars and transport fuels. The measures, agreed in December, put Europe firmly on the road towards becoming a low-carbon economy and will increase energy security. The package sets legally binding targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below 1990 levels and to increase the share of renewable energy to 20%, both by 2020. It will also help achieve the EU’s objective of improving energy efficiency by 20% within the same timeframe. The package makes Europe the first region in the world to implement such far-reaching, legally binding climate and energy targets. It represents an important contribution to reaching an ambitious international climate agreement at the United Nations climate conference in December.”
Read the complete press release here.
Also have a look at the Climate Action website for more information.
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Happy Easter Days!!
Yesterday I have sent a postcard to Europe Direct in Goerlitz in Germany who are collecting picture postcards from all over Europe for their Europe Day event on 9 May. It looks like we will get a postcard sent to us from one of their customers in return, so that’ll be interesting. We are already looking forward to it! Our own Europe Day event will involve promoting the European Elections outside the library, so let’s hope for sunshine.
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I have just come back from a training seminar in Brussels where I had the opportunity to learn about the latest communication priorities of the European Union and also make contacts with colleagues from across Europe.
At the moment much of the EU’s work of concentrates on stabilising the economic and financial situations in the EU countries.
The EU aims for more cooperation between institutions and countries and swift implementation of new plans. Another important aim is to keep the internal market open, this means investing in employment and trade.
One of the highlights was a discussion on the second day of the conference.
Mario Sepi, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and his Vice-President Irini Pari led an inspiring discussion on their committee’s view of the current economic and financial crisis. The other panelists in this discussion were Umberto Burani, Lars Nyberg and Arno Metzler. They represent various groups (e.g. employers) in the EESC.
You can find more information on the EESC by clicking here.